Using Discord on Zwift

Using Discord on Zwift

As part of our push for more Discord in the Zwift community I’ve put together this simple tutorial. Following the simple steps below will get you started using the Discord voice chat app while Zwifting.

But before we get to the meat of the tutorial, I wanted to share this video–one of my favorites in the Zwift universe. Here you can watch TeamODZ’s Justin Wagner finishing the big Zwift Team Worlds 2017 race. You can hear his interaction with teammates via Discord, making this a perfect example of audio chat bringing the Zwift experience to the next level.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN – HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS

All you need to get Discord working is the device to run it (your mobile phone or computer), a microphone, and speakers. A standalone phone will do the job, but isn’t ideal due to poor speakers and mic positioning.

The most common setup is to run Discord on your mobile phone, using hardwired or Bluetooth earbuds with a built-in mic. 

I don’t like a lot of cords hanging around, so I use true wireless Jaybird Vista earbuds. Love ’em. (The Tarah earbuds are much cheaper and also work well, but they have a connecting wire.)

STEP 1: INSTALL THE APP

Discord runs on mobile devices as well as Windows and Mac. Installation is simple: just search for “Discord” on your mobile device, or visit https://discordapp.com/ on your computer and click the link to download the app.

STEP 2: CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT

Just click “Register” and enter your email and desired password. Easy!

STEP 3: ENTER THE INVITE CODE

To join a Discord server you must have an invite code.

Click this link from the device you’ve installed Discord to, or just enter the last part of it manually into Discord in order to join our server: https://discord.gg/vkZZACx

CONGRATS, YOU’RE IN!

Just click the “Join” button and you’ll be logged into the Zwift Insider Discord server.

STEP 4: HERE’S THE TRICKY PART

Discord automatically places you in the text chat channel, which isn’t where you want to be. Click the hamburger menu (3 lines at top-left) to view all the channels on the server. Click “General” under voice channels, then click “Connect to Voice” to join the general voice chat.

YOU’RE ALL SET!

Once you see yourself on the list of other users in the General Voice channel, you’re all done. As long as you have your microphone and earbuds/speakers hooked up correctly, you’re good to go.

About The Author

Eric Schlange

Eric runs Zwift Insider in his spare time when he isn't on the bike or managing various business interests. He lives in Northern California with his beautiful wife, two kids and dog. Follow on Strava

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Jay
Jay
11 months ago

Steps 1 and 2 are not rendering correctly – all text looks to be squashed into a two character wide column on the right hand edge of the main area. Not limited to browser type.

Rob
Rob
11 months ago

The formatting is screwed in the middle section of this page

Jan
Jan
11 months ago

Please fix the column settings in the CSS. Had to copy and paste into a WORD doc in order to read all text. 🙂

Julie Martin
Julie Martin
10 months ago

Will Discord work with just earbuds and the mic on my Iphone? Or do I need a separate mic?

J.C.
J.C.
9 months ago

Are the instructions still the same? I tried this, and what I see in Discord is different. I don’t see “General” under voice channels? I see “cycling 1” or something similar? Is that what I want? and then how is it turned off if you don’t want it? Just close the app? It doesn’t seem to have any “exit” built in.

Thanks!

Eric Lorenz
Eric Lorenz (@eplorenz)
8 months ago

Are the built-in mic buttons on these headphones meant to work to “push-to-talk” on Discord? Or do we still have to press the touch screen mute/unmute button on our phones with these headphones, as with my existing Trekz headphones? Thanks!

Derek
Derek
7 months ago

Does discord voice work in the background on iPhone if I am using the Zwift Companion app?

Peppermint Patty
Peppermint Patty
4 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

can you use the Zwift companion app in iPhone (and message) while on Zwift in iPhone? I have not been able to do this so far

Peppermint Patty
Peppermint Patty
4 months ago

I meant while on discord. My experience is Zwift companion goes when you start using discord

Wayne Hamilton
Wayne Hamilton
16 days ago

On Android Discord supports an overlay output for some apps, unfortunately the Zwift companion app is not one of them. Not sure if this is something discord or Zwift needs to add.

Blake
Blake
6 months ago

The discord invite link is expired – Can you create a new one?

Blake
Blake
6 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Thank you!!

Lucie Goikoetxea
Lucie Goikoetxea
2 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

I think it’s expired again, doesn’t work for me 😒

Lucie Goikoetxea
Lucie Goikoetxea
2 months ago

Tried a different way and I’m in. Thanks 😊

Andrew
Andrew
3 months ago

I’ve been having problems with my headphone mic. I have a lot of background noise from my fan. Does anyone have any suggestions on a headset with a solid mic? Or any other suggestions.

Mike Copper
Mike Copper
2 months ago

I’m getting a 401 unauthorized message when trying to join. Anyone else have this problem and get past it?

Mark Falkingham
Mark Falkingham
2 months ago

Hey all, I am new to Discord, I was able to make an account, join using the invite link above and all of that. I only see three voice channels and they are empty? Are there other voice servers or? I’m not sure how this works

Andrew Babaian
Andrew Babaian
2 months ago

Has anyone run into bluetooth connectivity issues with earbuds and the discord app on laptop while zwift is also open on laptop? When zwift is open, both the speaker and mic of the earbuds do not work even though they are the selected device in discord. This is not an issue if I’m running discord on my phone while zwift is running on my laptop.

Hart
Hart
1 month ago

Step 4 does not work. There is no “General” under voice channels, then click “Connect to Voice” to join the general voice chat.” Help?

Richard Bashford
Richard Bashford
1 month ago
Reply to  Hart

I have this issue too

Joanne Southerland
15 days ago

Formatting screwed up AND please tell people how to unmute microphone… seems to alwasy be an issue.

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